Great family fun at Dia de los Muertos

The Arts Coalition of Erie was filled to the brim during our celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

One of our artists, Diana Sugano, taught the kids to create colorful sugar skulls – a traditional activity for Dia de los Muertos.

Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.

Mexico, abundant in sugar production and too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals, including Dia de los Muertos. On Sunday, the kids learned how to make these unusual, colorful creations themselves.